April 1, 2019 – La Passerelle-I.D.É. has been disappointed to see today’s Toronto Star article regarding tickets provided to La Passerelle-I.D.É. from the Kids Up Front organization. La Passerelle-I.D.É. has been transparent with the Star and Kids Up Front in this matter. Since 2014, La Passerelle-I.D.É has followed a protocol administered by a staff member. First, the availability of tickets has been posted on Facebook. Second, tickets have been provided to children, families and persons within the communities La Passerelle-I.D.É. serves. These are persons who ordinarily lack access to the ticketed events. Third, tickets have been made available to La Passerelle-I.D.É. staff when it is clear that the tickets would otherwise go unused. Over the years, La Passerelle-I.D.É. has sent many photographs to Kids Up Front of persons at ticketed events, including persons over the age of 18. La Passerelle-I.D.É. has received emails from Kids Up Front acknowledging the occasional use of tickets by La Passerelle-I.D.É. volunteers and staff. La PasserelleI.D.É.’s 2014 agreement with Kids Up Front specifically contemplated the use of tickets by volunteers and staff who may be chaperones or who are part of the community La Passerelle-I.D.É. serves. That provision was not included in a 2016 revision of the agreement, which may have contributed to a misunderstanding. Although the Star has attempted to portray this matter in a negative light, the reality here is that La PasserelleI.D.É. and Kids Up Front have both sought to manage their relationship in good faith and in a reasonable way. La Passerelle-I.D.É. wishes only the best of relations with Kids Up Front and has already commenced dialogue with Kids Up Front about these matters. La Passerelle-I.D.É. is confident that any misunderstandings will be resolved and put behind us. One thing should be clear. Although the Star has sought to harm La Passerelle-I.D.É., this matter will not deter La Passerelle-I.D.É. from the continued achievement of its mission. In over 20 years, La Passerelle-I.D.É. has supported tens of thousands of people as they have strived for their integration and economic development. Approximately 75 per cent of program participants have successfully found employment and benefitted from career advancement opportunities. La Passerelle-I.D.É. is recognized as a leader across Canada for its effective, unique and innovative models. All levels of government have seen in La Passerelle-I.D.É. a partner of choice for impactful best practices. La Passerelle-I.D.É. has been invited to contribute to public policy, programs and expert groups at national, provincial and municipal levels on Francophone immigration and poverty reduction. Throughout, La Passerelle-I.D.É. has remained fully accountable to all levels of government and to foundations. “La Passerelle-I.D.É. will continue to proudly pursue its mission and will continue to achieve it,” stated Farah Ghorbel, La Passerelle-I.D.É. Board President.